IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: NANO POBLANO DAY 30

Well there  you all are  welcome, come on in it is lovely  to see you! We have decided  that as  we are not  putting a tree or  decorations up  this  year ( in the real world )   that I could  put up Christmas  decorations in our virtual one! …all I want! So here we go!

If we were having Coffee . Come on in the fires are lit  the cushions are plumped up and  we have  the coffee and tea and the cakes and sweets are set out. Paul  and  his guests  are all here  and they are enjoying  the warmth  and food and drinks. We  have  tea  and coffee  from all over  the world not to mention all our cakes  and muffins  and  as Paul  calls  them sweets! Every single  one  is  calorie  free! Plus of course  we now have spirits  and liquors  to warm the coldest of  you .

What  can I get you, how about  some Christmas cake?  They  do look good  don’t  they, Holly

and Penguins.

If  we were having coffee:  I would  say  I need to think hard  about positives and happy things  because I am low , but hey you don’t  want to know that!

More coffee or tea anyone  or shall we go mad  and have a drink ..why  not  lets  get hung for a sheep as a lamb!

If  we were having coffee:  I ‘d say  there were some high spots in the week where I managed to forget  the real world. The visit to Canterbury  and West Gate on Sea was wonderful  and the husband and I  were bowled over  by the fabulous Cathedral! We spent three hours wandering around  this wonderful palace of God.

It was not  hard  to see  why the pilgrims of  the 10th century  and forward  were amazed  by the sights. They  must of  felt  they were in the entrance  to heaven. It was  so other worldly  and huge  how on earth did they  manage  to build it  , if  you are interested  you can find out here! .

  1. It is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England and symbolic leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury. Founded in 597, the cathedral was completely rebuilt from1070 to 1077. read  more about it here.
    The  Next day  we met up  with friends  we have known for 48 yrs…that is a long time isn’t it ! We sat around chatting  all day then in the evening we went out for a meal.. then drove home , a two hour drive , well worth every mile!
    If  we were having coffee:   I would ask if  you would  like to see some more Cathedral photos. You really  do not  have any  choice  here they are ready or  willing or  not!

    A meeting Hall

    A meeting Hall

      blues on the  stone

    blues on the stone

    Stain Glass Windows

    Stain Glass Windows

    The amazing cloisters

    The amazing cloisters

    Modern Artwork

    Modern Artwork

    Dusk  outside  the Cathedral

    Dusk outside the Cathedral

    the spotlights on in the darkening evening

    the spotlights on in the darkening evening

    If  we were having coffee:  I would  tell  you how behind I am with  Christmas preparations, no  decs  or tree  this year  so really  it is just cards and pressies . So far I have only  written about  10 cards  which means at least another 200 to go! 😦  So  after  I have finished  this  I will really  have to  set to and get them written  today.

    Carrot Cake

    If we were having coffee: I offer  you another  cuppa  and ask you what  has happened in your world  this week? If  you are American  you will have celebrated  Thanks Giving. I do hope  you have had a wonderful  time. It  has been a long  week packed  with busy things. I even managed  afternoon  tea with a friend . That was fun we took a bus  to the nearest town  and had tea and  naughty  cake !

    Well I do need  to go now  so I will apologise  for for  not being  myself  and probably  just rambling ! I promise I am going  to pull my socks up  and sort myself out! No one likes  a miserable  toad so I am not  going to be one!!IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would say  lets  go and see what Paul’s  guest are up to lets  all mix  and have fun.  I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

 

If We Were Having Coffee – Nov.30/2014 : Guest Post

A Rant on Racism.

Paul your Barista

Paul your Barista

Welcome to Willow’s weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul and I’m happy to be here once again inside Willow’s home where it is nice and toasty, tending to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. We’ve moved inside to beat the winter cold in the garden. Willow has fluffed the cushions and stared a blaze in the fireplace to make a cozy place

to sit. I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our world-wide readership. We can relax with a cuppa and calorie free electronic sweets while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. How has your week been?

The talk of the week here in North America has been the Grand Jury in Ferguson, MO (US) refusing to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man – Mr. Brown. This triggered rampant violence and rioting that has destroyed numerous buildings and many vehicles. For me this has unveiled a huge lurking problem that is the elephant in the American room. There are only two people who were close enough to see what happened: Mr. Brown and the police officer. And one is now dead. The policeman insists he did not do anything wrong and describes a scene where Mr. Brown tried to get his gun and assaulted the officer and his only defence was to shoot Mr. Brown. He makes it sound reasonable. Apparently the evidence matches the policeman’s story within reason. Hence the pass by the Grand Jury. It is still possible for the policeman to be charged but it is unlikely.

Would you like another cuppa? This story turns nasty very shortly. Have a sweet and cosy up to the fire. So, there were numerous complaints from the black community that disputed the policeman’s story basically saying that Mr. Brown was a kind and peaceful young man who was the subject of police prejudice and racism that resulted in his death. To the best of my knowledge no one has come forward and said they were close enough to see it and will testify. There were accusations that Mr. Brown was shot in the back while trying to remove himself – but it turns out all the bullets went into his front. Another blow to Mr. Brown’s supporters.

I used to truck in the southern US and I can tell you without any hesitation that the level of racism, hatred and prejudice between the whites and blacks is palpable. It has always been so and was imported from Europe and Africa when the US was settled. It is covered by a white wash (pun intended) of laws and political correctness but just below the surface is the rot, and this incident scraped the surface revealing just how bad the relationship between the races really is. For me as a Canadian, working in the south was scary – hearing the abuse and the racist vitriol that spews from the mouths of other wise perfectly fine and trustworthy people. It is not true of everyone, but many think this way.

The actions of the Grand Jury could not have been otherwise – the only one who could dispute their interpretation is dead. Fair or not, just or not, right or not – it could have ended no other way. Other than God, no one will ever know what the truth is. And if it had been a white man dead, the whole situation would have been left right there. But the dead man was black – one of a long line of dead black men. Perhaps one too many dead black men. And the built up anger and hatred and disrespect simply spilled over and burst out in the form of violence.

I watched President Obama’s message on the Grand Jury and I was seriously disappointed. He spoke for 9 minutes and came up with nothing more exciting than “We have to look at the positive side…” It was the most insipid, meaningless, trite speech I have ever heard come from his lips. If the Americans think for one moment that they can solve this with more police or more laws or even adjudication, they are seriously mistaken. This problem will require all the participants to respect each other as human beings for a generation or more before it starts to get better. And I am here to tell you that, in my mind, they are simply not capable of brushing off so many centuries of hatred passed from generation to generation. Neither side has the reason or the guts to trust the other side long enough to solve this. Anyway, it felt good to have a great rant like that. Thanks for letting me bend your ears.

My week personally has been uneventful – dialysis went well. . Would you like another cuppa? Willow and I are honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please feel free to look around at Willow’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week. We look forward to seeing you here for tea again next week.

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . !   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/ 

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